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Masters of the Game

September 30th, 2014

By Christy Cain

(SANTA CLARITA, Calif.) The Westmont women’s volleyball team knew what they were getting into when they stepped onto the court on Tuesday evening to face off against The Masters College in Santa Clarita, Calif. They had watched film and practiced hard- they knew that it was going to be a fight. Unfortunately for the Warriors, while they won some of the battles, they ultimately lost the war and dropped the match in five sets to The Masters (25-16, 21-25, 17-25, 25-16, 9-15).

“It was an absolute battle. We were matched up pretty evenly, it just came down to who made the little plays,” debriefed head coach Patti Cook. From the moment the women took the court, both teams went to work. With senior Heidi Thompson taking control and running a well distributed offense, the Warriors were able to consistently put the ball away.

Freshman Taylor Beckman lit up the gym tonight with a team high of 14 kills, earning an outstanding hitting percentage of .407. Beckman was a key player throughout the entire match as she brought consistency and power. Both Ciena Colburn and Sarah McGough contributed significantly to the offensive powerhouse as well. Colburn tallied 11 kills on the night while McGough tallied eight.

“We had some players who had a great hitting match. Taylor, Ciena and Sarah had great offensive matches and were putting the ball away with power, authority and minimal errors,” continued Cook. As a team, the Warriors collectively earned 58 kills to The Masters 54.


Eagles Upset Warriors

September 30th, 2014
Courtney Stonesifer (Photo provided by Biola Sports Information)

For the second game in a row, #8 Westmont Women’s Soccer (7-3, 2-2 GSAC) was held scoreless and fell to #25 Biola (9-1, 3-0) by a score of 1-0 on Tuesday in La Mirada. Westmont took 13 shots and placed six on goal, but did not find the net in the Golden State Athletic Conference showdown.

The winning goal came in the 64th minute from Margaret Guadarrama who sent a cross from Taylor Venegas to the far post. Biola tallied nine shots, three of which were on goal. With the win, the Eagles take over sole possession of first place in the GSAC.

As a result of the loss, Westmont fell into third place in the league standings. The Warriors will travel to Fullerton on Saturday to take on Hope International in a game beginning at noon.

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Glover Repeats as GSAC Player of the Week

September 30th, 2014
Josh Glover

For the second week in a row, Westmont goalkeeper Joshua Glover has been named the Golden State Athletic Conference Men’s Soccer Defensive Player of the Week. Glover recorded two shutouts last week as the 25th-ranked Warriors improved to 5-2-1 on the season and 2-0-1 in conference play.

Against San Diego Christian last Tuesday, Glover tallied seven saves in the 2-0 win. Following the contest, Westmont head coach Dave Wolf reported, “We got one world class save out of Josh on a ball that was headed for the top corner. He made a fingertip, one handed save. Our goals-against average is under one and we have four shutouts on the year.

“Josh is playing at a very high level right now. When you have a goalkeeper playing as good as he is playing, he exudes a confidence that permeates throughout the team. When Josh made that save you could hear the collective sigh of relief on the bench, but there was also a little bit of awe.”

Men’s Tennis Sweeps ITA Regionals

September 28th, 2014
Joshua Barnard

Westmont Men’s Tennis swept the ITA NAIA Small College West Regionals in the first tennis event of the 2014-15 season. Joshua Barnard and Carl-Philip Lindqvist won the doubles competition while Luke Whalen captured the singles title for the Warriors.

By winning, all three Warriors have earned a spot in the ITA NAIA Small College National Tournament, which will be held October 9-12 in Sumter, South Carolina.

Whalen opened the tournament with a 6-1, 6-1 first round win over Bernardo Bertolucci of Concordia before sweeping Thiago Duarte de Brito of Hope International 6-0, 6-0. In the quarterfinals, Whalen faced Concordia’s Christian Wickenhausen, the top seed of the singles tournament. After winning the first set 6-3, Whalen claimed the second set 7-5 to reach the semifinals.

Whalen was not the only Warrior to reach the semifinals. In fact, three of the four semifinal competitors were from Westmont. Barnard, who was the number two seed, reached the semis after defeating Hayden Hensley of Concordia 6-1, 6-4. Lindqvist earned his semifinal place by defeating Man Ho Ko, also of Concordia 6-2, 6-3.


Women’s Tennis Competes in ITA Regionals

September 28th, 2014
Grace Davis

Three members of the Westmont Women’s Tennis team reached the singles quarterfinals of the ITA NAIA Small College West Region Tournament and two teams reached the doubles quarterfinals.

After a first round bye, Haley Strandness posted a 6-0, 6-1 win over Madeline Heer of Biola in the second round to reach the quarterfinals. Grace Davis, who also had a first round bye, defeated Susan Carmichael of Biola in the second round 6-1, 6-3.

Alyson Meyers earned her spot in the quarterfinals by posting a 7-6 (3), 6-1 win over Ulrike Hahn of Concordia. In the second round, Meyers defeated Biola’s Kelsey Post 6-0, 6-2.

Unfortunately, all three Warriors lost their quarterfinal matches to athletes from Arizona Christian. Strandness fell 6-1, 6-3 to Mikayla Morga while Davis lost 6-3, 6-1 to Jessica Trink. Meyers fell to top-seeded Andrea Crook.


Volleyball Rocks it in Rocklin

September 28th, 2014
Miranda Beach

A couple of quick three-set wins in Rocklin on Saturday were music to the ears of Westmont Volleyball head coach Patti Cook. In an afternoon game, Westmont (10-8, 3-2 GSAC) defeated Menlo (7-6) by scores of 25-14, 25-18 and 25-19. Later that evening, the Warriors defeated Golden State Athletic Conference opponent William Jessup (0-14, 0-5) in straight sets 25-12, 25-13 and 25-17.

“It was good steady volleyball all day,” said Cook. “Our serving was especially tough today and we were able to get both teams in trouble with their passing.”

The Warriors tallied 17 service aces in the two games, including four each by senior setter Heidi Thompson and senior outside hitter Madison Serrano.

“Menlo had some strong hitters,” said Cook of the early game, “but we blocked pretty effectively. We got our hands on a lot of balls and stopped their offense. Sydney Striff played middle and she has really improved her blocking. She was effective on offense as well with her nice high jumps.”

[WC-Menlo box score] [WC-William Jessup box score]

Warriors and Mustangs Battle to Scoreless Tie

September 28th, 2014
Brandon Talsma

After 110 minutes of play, Westmont Men’s Soccer (5-2-1, 2-0-1 GSAC) settled for a 0-0 tie with The Masters (3-5-1, 0-1-1) on Saturday at Thorrington Field. The game was part of a day in which every Golden State Athletic Conference men’s soccer game went into overtime.

“It was a dogfight and probably a fair result today,” said assistant coach Johnny Whallon. “It was good for us to be in a tight, competitive match – an authentic GSAC game. Overall, we played a sound game and simply were unlucky not to get a couple in there.”

Both teams had opportunities to score with a total of 35 shots (21 for the Warriors), but the goalkeepers produced a combined 13 saves to keep the game scoreless. Westmont keeper Josh Glover, who notched five saves, recorded his third shutout. He also has two shared shutouts with freshman teammate Spencer Petty.

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Warriors Stumble against Mustangs

September 28th, 2014
Destinee Adams

One game does not a season make. That’s good news for #2 Westmont Women’s Soccer (7-2, 2-1 GSAC) who suffered a 5-0 loss to #15 The Master’s (6-2-1, 1-0-1) on Saturday at Thorrington Field.

The Mustangs scored three goals in the opening 15 minutes and kept the Warriors at bay for the rest of the first half. The second half proved no batter for the Warriors who gave up another two goals in the first seven minutes. Natasha Coyle recorded a hat trick for the Mustangs while Katie Farris claimed the other two goals.

With the loss, the Warriors fall into a tie with Biola (8-1, 2-0) for first place in the GSAC. Both teams have earned six points in the standings (three points for a win, one for a time). The Master’s and #7 Concordia (7-2-1, 1-0-1) are tied for second with four points apiece.

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